The XIII remake, originally announced for a 2019 release back in April, has been delayed into next year.
The cult classic shooter was originally released for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC in 2003, and the remake is set to update the game for a modern audience. It’s now coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2020.
François Coulon, Head of Production at publisher Microïds, announced in a press release that while they are “thrilled” with the work developer PlayMagic has put into the game, “additional development time is needed to reach the level of polish we’re aiming for.”
No specific time frame within 2020 has been set for the game’s release.
The original XIII was published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubisoft Paris and Southend Interactive. It cast players as Thirteen, an amnesiac enigma accused of assassinating the president, who must discover who is he is and untangle the wider conspiracy he’s caught up in. The concept art posted on the PlayStation Blog alongside the remake’s announcement suggests that the game will be receiving a dramatic visual overhaul. We’re yet to see any footage from the remake, so it’s unclear just how extensive a remake it will be.
While our original review of XIII (published all the way back in 2003) was less-than-glowing, arguing that “the total package isn’t one that will hold the interest of most first-person shooter players”, the game built up a fanbase after its release because of its ambitious narrative and stellar art design.